Pre-Loading of Digital Titles Now Available on PlayStation

A long-requested PlayStation 4 feature is finally on its way, as the ability to pre-load digital titles is now available, starting with the June 24 release of Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark.

Sony announced today that ten of PS4’s upcoming titles (and presumably most or all future titles) will be available to pre-order and automatically pre-load, assuming the console is left in standby mode. Automatically pre-loading games allows gamers to get their digital orders downloaded and installed prior to launch, enabling them to be played the minute they go live. There will even be a countdown timer allowing people to know exactly when they will be available.

Today’s games are consistently upwards of 20-40 gigabytes in size, so this feature helps alleviate the launch day headaches of sitting and waiting to play. This may also persuade more gamers to switch to purchase digital forms of their games directly from the PSN store, rather than buying the physical discs (which still must be installed in order to play and take up the same amount of space on a hard drive as digital files).

Sony also noted that while the emphasis for this rollout is on PlayStation 4, pre-loading is also available on the PS3.

The list of games available to pre-load are below. What are your thoughts on this feature? Is this what you’ve been waiting for from your new console? Will it convince you to switch to an all-digital gaming library? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Battlefield Hardline Deluxe Edition
  • Bloodborne
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition
  • Far Cry 4
  • inFAMOUS First Light
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • The Order: 1886
  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
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